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Surging Demand for Poly-Si

Wacker’s Earnings Hit by Lower Solar Silicon Prices

Wacker Chemie AG posted slight quarter-on-quarter sales growth between July and September 2013, thanks especially to the surging demand for solar silicon. more...

Aerial view of Wacker’s Burghausen production site (Photo: Wacker Chemie AG)
New TT1600 power stringer  from teamtechnik (Photo: teamtechnik)

1600 Cycles per Hour for Reliable 24/7 Production

New Single-track Stringer

Freiberg/Germany-based production technology provider teamtechnik has further improved the performance of its proven stringer system and now offers its new TT1600 single-track power stringer featuring a cycle time of less than 2.25 seconds which translates into an annual output of 45 MWp. more...

April 28, 2014

Bosch inaugurated this competence centre for photovoltaics at Arnstadt, Germany in 2011 (Image: Bosch)

1,000 Jobs Saved

Sale of Bosch Solar Energy’s Arnstadt Cell and Module Production to SolarWorld Completed

The November 2013 deal under which the production of crystalline photovoltaic cells and modules at Arnstadt will be sold by Bosch to SolarWorld has been closed now that all the necessary conditions have been met. more...

März 17, 2014

11.3 GW On-grid Solar Power Capacity Installed in 2013

Meeting China’s Energy Needs

The Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) has reported that the country’s installed power capacity increased by 94 GW in 2013. more...

Februar 26, 2014

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Company Raises Fresh Capital

Positive Preliminary Q4 Results from Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar Inc. has released selective preliminary results for the fourth quarter ended on December 31, 2013. more...

Februar 24, 2014

Module production at JA Solar (Image: JA Solar)

Commercial Availability Envisaged for Late 2014

JA Solar Multi-Si Solar Cells Exceed 19% Efficiency Level

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. has reported that its multi-crystalline silicon (“multi-Si”) solar cells have exceeded a conversion efficiency of 19 %. more...

Februar 21, 2014

Florian von Gropper Appointed New CFO

Management Board Changes at Centrotherm Photovoltaics

The Supervisory Board of production solutions provider Centrotherm Photovoltaics AG is restructuring its Management Board, and has appointed Florian von Gropper to be Chief Financial Officer (CFO). more...

Februar 19, 2014

Labour-management Consultations About to Start

AGC to Cease PV Cover Glass Production in Belgium

The Japanese glass producer Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (AGC) is to cease production of photovoltaic cover glass at its plant at Roux in Belgium, which is run by AGC’s consolidated subsidiary AGC Glass Europe S.A. more...

Februar 17, 2014

Centrotherm low pressure diffusion furnace (Image: Centrotherm)

Centrotherm Records Rising Order Intake

Brighter Outlook

Blaubeuren-based Centrotherm, a major production solutions provider, received orders from leading solar cell manufacturers totalling around €30m in December and January alone. more...

Februar 14, 2014

Tüv Süd headquarters in Munich, Germany (Photo: TÜV SÜD)

TÜV SÜD Certification of Smart PV Modules

Increased Reliability

Tüv Süd has announced the launch of certifications for smart PV modules in step with advances in photovoltaic technology. more...

Februar 12, 2014

Further Forbearance Arrangement with LDK Noteholders

Interest Still Unpaid

On January 23, 2014, the vertically integrated manufacturer of photovoltaic products LDK Solar Co., Ltd. entered into a new 21-day forbearance arrangement with holders of a majority in aggregate principal amount of its US$-Settled 10% Senior Notes due 2014. more...

Februar 7, 2014

Motech Reports 43 % Increase in Revenue

Substantial Growth

The Taiwan-headquartered solar company Motech Industries Inc. has reported an impressive 43.14 % increase in annual sales to 21.35 billion New Taiwanese Dollars (about €520m) between 2012 and 2013. more...

Februar 3, 2014

No fewer than 9,212 Sharp solar panels were installed on the roofs of the Google Headquarters at Mountain View, California, USA (Image: Sharp)

Outsourcing Module Assembly Could Be Cheaper

Sharp Ceases Solar Panel Production in USA and UK

Japanese electronics giant Sharp Corp. will stop solar panel production in the US at its factory in Memphis, Tennessee in March of this year, according to a story published by Bloomberg. more...

Januar 31, 2014

Bosch inaugurated this competence centre for photovoltaics at Arnstadt, Germany in 2011 (Image: Bosch)

Solar Energy Division Loses €1.3bn

Bosch Group Sales Up 2.7 % in 2013

According to preliminary figures, the Bosch Group increased its sales by 2.7 % in 2013, to €46.4bn. Although earnings developed fundamentally well, they have once again been affected by the situation of the Solar Energy division, which remained difficult in 2013. more...

Januar 29, 2014

GCL-Poly’s polysilicon production base – Jiangsu Zhongneng (Image: GCL-Poly)

Qian Zhixin Leaves for Personal Reasons

Non-executive Director of GCL-Poly Resigns

The board of directors of the Chinese solar photovoltaic enterprise GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited has announced the resignation of Qian Zhixin as an Independent Non-executive Director and a member of various company committees with effect from 8 January 2014. more...

Januar 27, 2014

Suntech corporate building (Image: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd.)

Zhou Weiping Cites Personal Reasons for Departure

Suntech’s Interim CEO, CFO Resigns

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has announced the resignation of Zhou Weiping as a director of the Company, interim Chief Executive Officer, interim Chief Financial Officer, and President with immediate effect as of January 7, 2014. more...

Januar 24, 2014

Production Capacity Upped by 500 MW

JinkoSolar Takes Over Manufacturing Assets of Zhejiang Topoint

The Chinese solar PV company JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. has reached an agreement to operate the restructured manufacturing assets of the PV manufacturer Topoint, located in Huangwan Industry Park in Haining, Zhejiang Province. more...

Januar 22, 2014

Hanwha’s Malaysian production facility (Image: Hanwha Q Cells)

Additional Production Line for Malaysian Plant

Hanwha Q Cells Expands Capacity to 1.3 GW

Hanwha Q Cells will expand both its business and its capacity in 2014: the PV specialist has started integrating an additional 204 MWp production line for solar cells as part of its existing plant in Malaysia. more...

Januar 20, 2014

GET to Boost Capacity

Booming Wafer Production

Taiwan-based solar wafer manufacturer Green Energy Technology Inc. (GET) has reported consolidated sales of NT$1.3bn (€31.7m) for December 2013, up 78.9 % on December 2012. more...

Januar 15, 2014

Large-scale solar PV by country in 2013. RoW = rest of world; RoE = rest of Europe. (Graphic: NPD Solarbuzz)

Large-scale Projects Dominate Solar PV Market

China Leads the Way

According to the latest information from NPD Solarbuzz, growth in global solar photovoltaic demand is now being driven by large-scale solar PV projects comprising rooftop projects larger than 100 kW in size and ground-mounted projects. more...

Januar 13, 2014

Global solar installation forecast (Graphic: Mercom Capital Group, llc)

China, US Top Growth Markets

Global Solar Installations Predicted to Reach Approximately 43 GW in 2014

Global solar installations are forecast to be in the 43 GW range in 2014, according to a new update by the Austin/Texas-based clean energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group, llc. more...

Dezember 31, 2013